These skills will help you have a successful career in the health information management (HIM) field.
Our program at Illinois State will give you the education and experience to develop these skills.
Since HIM professionals deal with confidential and important data, you must be accurate and pay close attention to details. The information you provide is critical to a patient's health and well-being. It's also important to the operation of the organization.
Solid communication skills will help you be successful in the HIM profession. Since you'll work with people at all levels in the organization, you'll need to be able to work well with others.
HIM professionals not only collect patient data, they also use it for clinical and business decision making. Data is analyzed to study trends in how people use health care. This information helps organizations predict and respond to a community's health needs.
The medical field is fast-paced and changes frequently. Being able to work well under pressure and in an environment of constant change will be beneficial.
The HIM profession also uses a good amount of technology. A strong computer background and the flexibility to learn new technology will help you succeed.
Being Successful in the FieldTo get into the HIM profession, you'll need to have a bachelor's degree. Entering the profession with a bachelor's degree gives you many opportunities. It also qualifies you to complete the Registered Health Information Administrators (RHIA) certification.
General job titles people with a Health Information Management degree might have include:
- Chief information officer
- Coding and revenue cycle management
- Department director or assistant director
- Data quality manager
- Information access and disclosure specialist
- Medical record consultant
- Organizational privacy/security officer
Health Information Management majors at Illinois State have found success in the field.
Stanley Eneogwe, 2014, is a Private DRG (diagnostic review grouping) Auditor. His role includes performing DRG validation reviews for inpatient coding facilities. The purpose of this is to find possible variances of diagnostic related groups to identify opportunities for improved reimbursement. Auditors work closely with HIM Directors and Revenue Cycle Managers to develop quality metrics, production standards and improve geometric mean length of stay (GLOS).
Kelley McHugh, 2015, is the Manager of Health Information Management at Loyola Medicine. She is responsible for the department operations at Loyola University Medical Center, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, and MacNeal Hospital. She oversees 30 employees in various roles such as release of information, deficiency analysis, chart audit, identity, and document imaging.
Nina Naples, 2015, is a senior consultant for commercial markets program delivery at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. She primarily works on the delivery of national program initiatives and addresses issue resolution through design, development and implementation.
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